When you’re looking for a quick fix, it can be tempting to reach for something that’s already in your home. Spackle is a popular choice because it’s easy to find and inexpensive, but is there a better option?
We’ll cover all the ways you can use spackling compounds in your DIY projects—including wood filler vs. caulk comparison—and make sure you get the best results possible with each one!
Can I use spackle instead of wood filler?
Spackle is a type of plaster that can be used to fill holes and cracks in walls, ceilings, and other surfaces. Spackling is a quick and easy way to repair small holes or gaps.
If you’re looking for something more permanent than spackling, try wood filler instead. It’s stronger, so it will hold up better over time than spackling.
Though it can be sanded down after drying completely (which takes about 24 hours), wood filler has a tendency to crack if the area being patched is not absolutely solid underneath—something that wouldn’t happen with spackling because it’s more flexible.
Table of Contents
- Can I use spackle instead of wood filler?
- What can I use instead of wood filler?
- Can DRYDex spackling be used as wood filler?
- Can I use drywall compound as wood filler?
- Can you use spackling on wood furniture?
- Can I use spackle on plywood?
- How can I make homemade wood filler?
- Is it better to use wood filler or caulk?
What can I use instead of wood filler?
The most common alternatives to wood filler are:
- Wood putty. This is a clay-based compound that’s easy to apply, dries quickly and sands down smoothly. It’s great for filling in holes less than half an inch wide but is not recommended for larger holes or cracks.
- Wood filler. This is another type of paste made with sawdust or other finely ground cellulose fibers mixed with glue; the product is usually thick enough that it won’t run off surfaces during application (but thin enough that it can be spread evenly). It comes in different colors so you can match your wood stains perfectly—though some people prefer to paint their repairs after they’ve dried completely.
Can DRYDex spackling be used as wood filler?
Yes, you can use DRYDex spackling as a wood filler. DRYDex is a high-quality epoxy resin that is comparable to traditional wood fillers.
When using DRYDex to fill holes, cracks, and other imperfections in your wood projects, use the same amount of material as when filling them with standard wood filler products.
If you’re working on an area that’s less than 3 square inches (about the size of the palm of your hand), then one pint will be enough to cover it completely. If there’s more space to fill than that, simply purchase multiple pints at once so that you don’t run out halfway through your project!
DRYDex has been specially formulated for use on all types of wooden surfaces–and because it dries harder than regular spackling compound (which tends to be made from gypsum), it makes an excellent alternative product for repairing damaged frames or cabinets without worrying about damaging their paint job afterward.
Can I use drywall compound as wood filler?
First, let’s talk about what drywall compound is. It’s a material used to fill gaps and holes in walls that have been built with drywall (that is, sheets of gypsum that are fastened to studs).
It can be applied in thin layers or thick coats, depending on the job.
While it might seem like drywall filler is just another name for wood filler—and it does share some similarities—it actually has some differences worth considering before you use it as such:
- Drywall compound usually comes in white or gray shades; wood fillers come in browns and reds.
- Drywall compound can be sanded down after applying; wood fillers cannot be sanded after being mixed together and spread onto your project surface. They’re already mixed when you buy them at the store!
Can you use spackling on wood furniture?
A quick look at the label on a can of spackle reveals that it has a limited lifespan. It will begin to break down and crumble within months, even under dry conditions.
Wood furniture is exposed to water, which causes it to swell. This swelling causes the spackling compound’s integrity to break down faster than it would if your piece of furniture were sitting in a completely dry environment.
The only way you could use spackle for wood filler on your furniture would be if you were using a type of water-resistant spackling compound, which does exist but is very expensive.
Can I use spackle on plywood?
As mentioned above, spackle is not recommended for plywood. The reason for this is that it’s simply not strong enough to hold up to the pressure of plywood as it expands and contracts during different seasons.
Spackle is made out of gypsum, which is a mineral compound and relatively soft compared to wood. On top of that, since spackle isn’t waterproofed, water will seep through it over time and cause mold growth on your surface—which will eventually lead to cracking in your plywood.
If you’re looking for a product specifically made for filling holes and cracks in plywood surfaces (or any other porous material like concrete), we recommend using our Premium Wood Filler instead!
It provides closed-cell foam protection against moisture penetration so your project lasts longer without needing repairs down the road—and it won’t crack around the edges.
How can I make homemade wood filler?
You can make homemade wood filler by mixing sawdust with either white glue, wood glue, carpenter’s glue or polyurethane. The more watery the mixture is, the more easily it will spread over cracks and holes in your furniture.
Mixing sawdust with a liquid such as paint thinner creates an effective solvent for removing paint from metal surfaces.
Paint thinners also work well for cleaning stains off of furniture made of hardwood or softwood boards that have been stained dark brown or black.
Is it better to use wood filler or caulk?
If you’re looking for an easy solution that’s still pretty affordable, try spackling. It’s a fast-drying putty that will help fill holes and smooth out surfaces.
Spackle is available at hardware stores and home improvement stores, or you can make your own by mixing plaster of Paris with water until it reaches the right consistency (one part plaster to one part water).
How do you know which one to use? If your surface needs sealing rather than filling (for example, caulk is better at sealing seams between panels), then use caulk instead of spackle.
Caulk dries faster than spackle and comes in a variety of colors so you can match it to your woodwork or other surfaces.
When it comes to wood filler, there are a variety of options you can use. You may have heard that spackle is the best option for filling holes in wood.
However, this isn’t always true because drywall compound is much cheaper and easier to find at your local hardware store than spackle.
So if you do decide to use spackle as wood filler, make sure that the product has been specifically designed for this purpose.